Once again our nation has been confronted by unspeakable violence directed at innocent people. Such senseless acts stir genuine emotions in all of us, as we seek to make sense out of this tragedy. And there is little doubt that many are anxious to point the finger of blame on one aspect or another of this horrific act. But in the end there is no possible or rational explanation. There is no one answer. The ultimate solution is to respond to violence with peaceful prayers and actions, to solemnly remember those whose lives were taken or injured as well as to remember their families and friends. Let us echo the desire of our Holy Father, Pope Francis who earlier this week stated, ‘We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.’ I ask that the Catholic community of western Massachusetts pause for a moment of silent reflection and join the Holy Father in praying for an end of all such acts of violence which permeate our world.
Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield
June 14, 2016